Privacy and Cookie Policy

Data Protection and Privacy

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David supports the protection of internet privacy as required by UK legislation and recognises that personal privacy is an important issue.

The University is legally obliged to comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force on 25th May 2018

The personal details collected through our website and provided by you, the user, will be processed in line with the legislation. We will not sell, license or trade any personal information to others. We do not provide personal information to direct marketing companies or other such organisations.

It is also possible to make credit or debit card payments to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David through the website. These payments are handled by a third party e-commerce company and they have their own privacy statement.

Cookie Policy

The standard cookie policy for University of Wales Trinity Saint David website is to allow all cookies. This website makes use of cookies to help provide the user with certain features. This helps to ensure the user has the optimal experience.

If users would like to continue with the optimal website experience, no changes need to be made, however if they would like to restrict or block the use of cookies, this can be done through using the settings in the web browser. Also see Do I need Cookies?

Please note that restricting or blocking cookies used by UWTSD will prevent essential services from working - e.g. Moodle and MyTSD.

Cookies are small text files that when visiting a website save to your computer hard drive when you navigate through their webpages. They are widely and commonly used to make websites function properly and to make them function more efficiently, as well as to provide different types of information to the website owners.

They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer.

Some of the ways cookies are used include:

  • saving the users recently viewed pages
  • identifying any problems that may have been encountered during the website visit, so any problems can be solved
  • remember login account details for accounts such as Moodle and Athens, which makes it easier for the users to find and access

Cookies can be grouped into four categories:

  • Strictly necessary cookies These are essential to enable users to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, we cannot provide services such as online payments.
  • Performance cookies By using the University website, the user agrees that the university can place these types of cookies on the device(s) that are being used to engage with the website. These collect information about how visitors use a website, for example which pages visitors look at most often, and if an error has occurred on a page. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All the information collected is kept anonymous and are only used to improve how a website works.
  • Functionality cookies These support the use of the site and enable enhanced and personalised features. Some of these cookies are necessary to enable the user to move around the website without encountering any problems.
  • Targeting cookies Targeting cookies are used to deliver adverts relevant to the user and their interests. They are usually placed by advertising networks (with the website operator’s permission). They remember those users who visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation. University of Wales Trinity Saint David does not use targeting cookies.

 

The first three types of cookies in the above list are used to allow the website to remember the choices a user makes (such as user name, language or the region the user is in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For example, a website may be able to provide local weather reports or traffic news by placing a cookie stating the region in which the user is currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes that have been made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that can customised. The information these cookies collect can be anonymised; they cannot track browsing activity on other websites.

Yes and No – depending on what sites you are using!

Use of cookies by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The standard cookie policy for the University website is to allow all cookies.

The privacy and security of your personal information is very important the University so we do not use cookies to save or share any personal information about users.

Disabling Cookies

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David uses cookies to enhance the on-line experience.

Disabling cookies when using the UWTSD website will mean you will not be able to enjoy and take full advantage of the University website’s functionality and services.

It is important to note that some services that the University provides require cookies to function. If the settings are configured to prevent cookies, it is likely the user won’t be able to login to services such as Moodle, MyTSD and others that use cookies as part of the authentication process.  Moodle and MyTSD use session based cookies which are only ‘alive’ during that browser session and are forgotten once the browser is shut down.

More information about cookie management can be found at All About Cookies.

If you would like to restrict or block cookies which are set by a website, this can be done by amending the browser settings. Most browsers can be configured to refuse cookies, or to provide a warning before they are accepted by a computer.  The help function within the browser should state how to configure it to refuse cookies or to alert the user when they are used.

However with that being said, cookies can have their advantages: in many cases they enhance the user experience on-line.

 Example areas of the website where cookies are used:

  • Learning Resource Centre (Functional Cookie)
  • Moodle (Essential Functional Cookie)
  • Online Applications (Functional Cookie)
  • Online Payment System (Gather Information)
  • Open Days Request Form (Gather Information)
  • Prospectus request Form (Gather Information)
  • MyTSD (Gather Information)
  • Student View (Functional Cookie)

Functionality cookies

The University uses a range of external services within its website, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. These third party cookies are categorised as functionality cookies.

The University is aware that the following third party services make use of functionality cookies:

By using third party services on the University website, you are likely to come into contact with other cookies used by providers. These third parties provide details on their own websites how to opt out of using such cookies.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David will normally make use of the cookies that fall into the following categories:

  • Strictly necessary cookies (to include some session cookies)
  • Performance cookies
  • Functionality (Session) cookies

Both Moodle and MyTSD use session cookies – if these are disabled then it is not possible to login

Use of targeting cookies will be used only in exceptional circumstances. When using targeting cookies, the University will always seek consent prior to a placing it on a device.

Google Analytics uses cookies to collect information about how visitors use our site. The university uses this information to compile reports and to help improve the site. Examples of information collected includes the number of visitors to the site, the link used by visitors to reach our website and the pages they visited when there.

The information is collected and kept anonymous. Please visit the Google privacy policy for additional information. Google has a browser add-in that prevents google analytics from collecting data.